The government’s new Green Homes Grant is part of the Government’s £3 Billion ‘Green Investment’ package which was announced by Rishi Sunak in the 2020 summer statement. The £3 Billion investment is aimed at improving energy efficiency and also to help stimulate the economy post-Covid19 lockdown.
The government initiative will start in September 2020 and will allow homeowners to apply online to receive help from the government in the form of vouchers to pay for as much as ⅔ of the expenditure incurred for work such as double glazing, insulation, the installation of heating systems, draft proofing and the installation of renewable energy.
Vouchers will be available for up to £5,000, with the poorest homes sometimes eligible for vouchers of up to £10,000.
In order to qualify for this help you must first request an assessment from a Green Deal Assessor.
The assessor will consider the following when making his/her assessment;
- Whether you own or rent the property
- your home is a listed building, in a conservation area, built before 1900 or constructed in a non-traditional way
- there are access issues, such as access to your loft
- you can provide bills showing your recent energy use
- When the assessor visits
You may be asked:
- how many people live in your home
- what type of heating and appliances you use
- how often you use your heating
- what energy-saving measures are already installed
- After the visit
You’ll get a document, called a Green Deal advice report, that contains:
- an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that rates your home for energy efficiency
- an occupancy assessment that measures how much energy you and other occupiers are using
improvements your assessor recommends
- an estimate of the money you could save on your annual energy bills
- a statement on whether the improvements will pay for themselves through reduced energy costs
A Green Deal advice report is valid for 10 years, or until you make changes or energy saving improvements to the property, for example you build an extension or change the windows.
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